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Segment One

by Guy Beider



This segment is a first step to take for those who consider the powerful tool of sound as a therapeutic modality. It contains the necessary knowledge for working with such aspects as: frequencies, pitch, loudness, resonance, harmonics, cymatics, etc.

This segment is designed for beginning level and advanced level sound workers. 

The sound worker will be provided with articles written in a very simple, straight forward format. In addition to the written material, this segment also includes diagrams, dynamic drawings (GIFs) and tutorial videos. 
Segment One Topics:

Definition of sound.
Vibration, medium and receiver. 
The frequency and pitch in sound. 
Low and high frequencies, wavelength.
Definition of loudness. 
How sound travels in a medium. 
Review of human perception of sound amplitude. 
Review of low and high frequency perception at different volume.
Definition of resonance and resonant frequencies. 
Sympathetic resonance. 
Discussion about using sound frequencies in medicine and healing. 
Debunking common myths about resonant frequencies for healing.
What sound consists of. 
Definition of timbre and sound partials. 
The difference between harmonics and overtones. 
Standing waves. 
Definition of constructive and destructive waves (amplification and cancellation of sound). 
Nodes and antinodes. 
Introduction to cymatics. 
Relationship between physical properties of matter and geometrical patterns in cymatics. 
What is noise. 
The difference between white noise, pink noise and brown noise.
Test to check your knowledge

...and a lot more practical information and insights that the sound worker will need for becoming a skillful artist.

Table of contents:

1a Sound as a physical phenomenon
1b Frequency 
1c Loudness
1d Resonance and resonant frequencies
1e Sound partials (overtones and harmonics)
1f Standing waves
1g Cymatics

White noise
Pink noise
Brown noise

1a. Sound as a physical phenomenon

Any physical object in motion creates vibrations. Vibrations though aren't the function only of moving objects. At the atomic level there is a constant vibration of everything around and within us. 

The term “sound” is applied to vibrations that typically propagate as an audible waves of pressure, transmitted through a medium, such as gas, liquid or solid. 

In human physiology and psychology, sound is the reception and perception of such waves conducted by the hearing organs, bones and skin. 

Any sound vibration pulsates between the two poles of its maximum and minimum amplitude. 
Any repetitive vibration passes through a stage of stillness between new cycles of motion. 

In physics, no wave, such as a sound wave, would be possible without movement. 

No movement would be possible without space and time. 
Sound waves are a physical phenomenon of carrying and transferring energy and information from one source to another. 

Sound is the primary language of the universe. Sound is the cause and the effect programmed by nature at the inception of any new vibration. Sound is a continuous revelation of creation. 

With all that being said, it’s important to remember that one must be physically present within the medium through which sound vibration is transmitted in order for that sound to be heard. It is one’s conscious awareness that perceives vibrations as the phenomenon that we call sound!
"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” 

Sound is vibration, transmitted to our senses through the mechanism of the ear, and recognized as sound only at our nerve centers. The falling of a tree or any other disturbance will produce a vibration in the air. If there are no ears to hear, there is no sound.

*Knowing the basic physics of sound empowers one to use sound in the context of healing with clarity, direction, and confidence.
Thomas Orr Anderson